What’s Hot in Home Design for 2014? The Best Home Makeovers to Keep You on Trend

Stainless Steel Backsplash

2014 is bringing a number of changes to the home design industry, and that means staying on trend is going to be a lot of fun. Just a few simple changes can breathe new life into familiar spaces. These days, homeowners are more free to explore different interior design trends, with bolder, more sophisticated options becoming more and more accessible. If you're looking to make a change to your home this year, check out these five home design trends that will be wildly popular in 2014.

Metal Backsplashes in the Kitchen Lend a Sense of Modernity

Tile is still the most popular material in kitchen backsplashes, but this year there will be an increasing number of people choosing metal tiles and other types of sheet materials - like stainless steel or stone slab - as their backsplash of choice. Not only is it modern looking, but it's also incredibly easy to keep clean.

Stand-Alone Bathtubs Add a Sophisticated Look

Stand Alone Tub

Many homeowners love their tub experience, so they might be a little hesitant to give them up in favour of a shower stall. The good news is that you can still have both, with the addition of a stylish and sophisticated stand-alone tub. These free-standing structures can literally be placed anywhere in the room, which actually takes up less space than the old-fashioned tiled-in tub deck.

Floating Shelves Can Break Up Wall Space

Although the type of cabinet that you choose for your kitchen can really make or break the aesthetics of the space, you don't have to rely entirely on such cabinetry to define your kitchen space. Rather than taking up all the wall space with cabinets, opening up the area with floating shelves, open spaces and even hanging wall art are great ways to break up the cabinet layout.

Ditching the 'Matchy-Matchy' Motto Creates Character

Blue and Yellow Kitchen

This year, homeowners will be free to take more risks with their home design, including foregoing the idea that colours and patterns must always be coordinated according to specific matching rules. Harmonious colours and patterns don't necessarily have to match. Instead, infusing a variety of colours and textures into the home is a great way to breathe some life into a space. Pairing stripes with polka dots, or meshing canary yellow with cobalt blue, can be just what your home needs to amp up its design factor. You might be surprised at how far you can push the envelope while still creating a cohesive look in your space.

All-White Kitchens

White Kitchen

White cabinets are gorgeous and timeless, making them a highly versatile choice for anyone looking to update their kitchen cabinetry. There are a number of benefits of such a colour in the kitchen, including the fact that white works quite well with multiple architectural styles. Whether you're going for a traditional country look or something a little more chic and modern, white works. White cabinetry also opens up your options for other colour palettes and decor choices that you might want to add to your space, acting as a backdrop for any enhancements you feel you'd like to add.

These 5 home design trends are hot in 2014, and they can really help add a little vibrancy to your home. If you're looking to find an Edmonton home that you can renovate into your own 2014 masterpiece, we’re happy to help. Call us today to view homes in the Edmonton area, and let us help you find the perfect canvas for your home design makeover.


Sara MacLennan is the Director of Marketing at Liv Real Estate and a licensed Real Estate Associate. The bulk of Sara’s experience and wealth of expertise lies in on-line technology and marketing both for agents and consumers. Sara is the former National Director for Interactive Marketing for Coldwell Banker Canada where she was responsible for an extensive training program traveling to offices across the country training agents and brokers on marketing and technology. Find Sara on Twitter @edmontonblogger.

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17 Responses to “What’s Hot in Home Design for 2014? The Best Home Makeovers to Keep You on Trend”

  1. wsnNo Gravatar 20. Feb, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Regarding the free standing tub trend:

    It’s only good for larger homes, i.e. ones over 4000sf. If you have to install one is a smaller home, the problem is that you won’t have a wide enough margin between the tub and its all four directions. What you will see is a 10″ gap between the tub and a wall. You will never be able to reach the tub’s other side for cleaning. It will just collect dust.

    • wsnNo Gravatar 20. Feb, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Just to add:

      If you look at the picture with the free standing tub, I can tell you that’s a 5000 sf house.

  2. mikeNo Gravatar 20. Feb, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Why is it every year we hear about white kitchens and how they are on trend. Its the same year in and year out yet the white kitchens are not any more popular then last year or the year before.

    Interesting thought on the metal back splash tho. Haven’t seen it done anywhere yet but interested to see how it would look in a kitchen.

  3. a common guyNo Gravatar 20. Feb, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    white kitchen is dumb. Can’t understand why one would paint nice wood and end-up looking something that 99% of people can’t tell the difference between that and MDF painted boards.

    • wsnNo Gravatar 20. Feb, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

      Then, you can’t say “white kitchen is dumb”. Instead, “white hardwood kitchen is dumb”.

  4. Inspector GadgetNo Gravatar 21. Feb, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Worrying or caring about any of this is the only thing that is dumb. When lying on your deathbed I doubt anyone will be looking back lamenting their backplash choices.
    Your house will become dated and we all die, the only guarantees! If you pay for fancy stuff with a big mortgage or LOC the dream reno will be out of date before it is even paid off.
    Worrying about bling used to be for the well off, now it is for the well indebted.

    Off to the south coast of Cali for another three weeks on Saturday…shouldbmiss this next arctic outbreak. On second thought now though maybe we should stay here and spend that money on some countertops to impress our friends! I will ask my wife and get back to you all.

    • a common guyNo Gravatar 21. Feb, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      That can be said about any “luxury” thing.
      yeah yeah, you are a wise old man…..except that there is a bit of condescending tone in your posts.

      • wsnNo Gravatar 21. Feb, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

        It’s called sour grape syndrome.

        If someone lives is a better house, he must have a big mortgage.
        If someone drives a better car, he must lack driving skills.
        If someone is better looking, he must be impotent.

        • GMNo Gravatar 23. Feb, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

          Interesting! So should I feel good if someone says I’m handsome, or should I feel ashamed? (impotent)

          Now I’m confused!!!

          • wsnNo Gravatar 23. Feb, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

            Not everyone has sour grape syndrome. Ones who does have it usually won’t praise other people. So, you are OK.

    • EdNo Gravatar 22. Feb, 2014 at 3:48 am #


  5. BOSSNo Gravatar 21. Feb, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    @ Inspector Gadget


    Love it, I couldn’t have said it better! :)

  6. TarazNo Gravatar 21. Feb, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I prefer these trends. High-end unrinals, black walls, smart homes (like the Nest, for instance), are where it’s at. link to details.com

    • GMNo Gravatar 23. Feb, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Taraz, I don’t know if you’re male or female, but let me give you some facts about urinals…

      First of all, from what I’ve seen with public urinals, many men have a hard time aiming. They’ll splash all over the place, sometimes even hitting the urinal! The result is a lot of their liquid ends up on the sides of the urinal or on the floor.
      You end up with a very disgusting space that smells pretty bad.
      Not sure how long these urinals will remain popular, especially with an aging population with poorer and poorer eyesight (and thus worse aim).

  7. Inspector GadgetNo Gravatar 21. Feb, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I apologize for the tone, it is not intended.

  8. GigiNo Gravatar 24. Feb, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I have off-white cabinets with a platinum glaze and LOVE them! They are real wood and trust me I can tell the difference between that and the plastic ones. I am tired of going into show homes and seeing the same dark brown kitchen cabinets. They are so boring! Light is where its at! Also love glass tiles for kitchen back splashes too!

  9. TarazNo Gravatar 28. Feb, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    For backsplashes, I actually think the stick-on replica tiles have a few advantages over the real mini-tiles – they’re supe-thin (no adjusting electrical boxes), they’re easier to clean, and they’re insanely easy to install. The only thing I’d be curious about is how well they withstand wear and tear.

    Granted, I love the look of real backsplash tiles as well. :-)